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Welcome to the world through my eyes. I'm an internationally published travel writer and photographer who has travelled to 75+ countries, and has tried to capture some of that along the way. Travel means the world to me, and my goal is to offer tips and advice to help you feel the same! 

My Podcast, "Rick Steves Over Brunch"

My Podcast, "Rick Steves Over Brunch"

For starters, I should denote that it isn't just my podcast, as I actually run Rick Steves Over Brunch with my good friend Stephanie Craig from History Fangirl. Steph and I actually met at a travel blogging conference in Jerusalem in May of 2016 and become fast friends. So much so, she actually attended my wedding which took place a little more than a month ago, and she travelled all the way from Bulgaria to do so. 

At this point, I believe we've travelled in nearly ten countries together, and I can't imagine that'll stop anytime soon. 

If you're in a rush, but want to see what it's all about go ahead and Subcribe on iTunes

The Origins of Rick Steves Over Brunch

In the spring of last year, Steph approached me and asked if I wanted to start a podcast, the origins of what was to become Rick Steves Over BrunchWe're both podcast fanatics (I'm actually subscribed to over 125 podcasts), and Steph had been listening to podcasts where people were dissecting shows such as Law and Order and so forth and adding their own spin to it. 

She approached me and basically said, "why can't we do something similar for travel?" That's when we zeroed in on a true passion of ours, the one and only Rick Steves. For those who don't know, Rick Steves is a goliath in North American travel, and he is known for his guidebooks and television show which focuses on travel, particularly in Europe. 

We thought, "why not watch episodes of his show where he's visited places we've both been to and record an episode?" The rest, as they say, is history.

NOTE: This post may contain some affiliate links. That means, simply, that I may get commissions from some of my recommendations. That being said, my opinions are fully my own.

Wait, What's Rick Steves Over Brunch, Again?

 Steph and I hanging out in Sofia, Bulgaria on my birthday last year, along with her boyfriend - No doubt only focused on  Rick Steves Over Brunch , I'm sure.

Steph and I hanging out in Sofia, Bulgaria on my birthday last year, along with her boyfriend - No doubt only focused on Rick Steves Over Brunch, I'm sure.

In sum, Rick Steves Over Brunch is a podcast where Stephanie Craig (from History Fangirl) and I break down episodes of the classic travel TV show, Rick Steve’s Europe. The show officially launched on April 30, 2018, and we drop new episodes drop every other Sunday (which, theoretically, is right around brunch time.)

If you want to listen to the podcast, subscribe. You can subscribe on iTunes, or just listen wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts, including on Spotify. If you like the show, we'd love any reviews and feedback, as long as they're distinctively positive, of course. 

Rick Steves’ 2019 Lineup

All of episodes are below, but I thought I’d just make life a little easier for you, and add links to all of the books that Rick Steves has released so far for 2019!

Episodes of Our Podcast, Rick Steves Over Brunch

We've already released a bunch of episodes, so you've got some catching up to do. Below, I'll list the episodes in order. I'll embed the Rick Steves article that we're discussing, then our episode. Ideally, you'll watch or re-watch the Rick Steves episode for that location, but if you have a general idea of who Rick Steves if you'll be fine, as Steph and I prone to going on tangents.  

The list will be in reverse chronological order, from most recent on down, and I'll update it as we go along. 

If you do like the show, please don't forget to give us a rating and comment on your favourite podcast provider, it makes a big difference.

Episode #16 of Rick Steves Over Brunch - The Best of West Ireland: Dingle, Galway, and the Aran Islands

Here’s the Rick Steve’s Europe episode to watch before listening:

“In this episode, we chat about the 2002 Rick Steves’ Europe episode, ‘The Best of West Ireland: Dingle, Galway, and the Aran Islands.’ We’ll chat about whether or not you should visit the Aran Islands, what it’s like driving through the Burren, and how much time is too much time to spend in a high school gym. Plus, we get to meet Rick’s kids!”

Episode #15 of Rick Steves Over Brunch - Rome: Ancient Glory

Here’s the Rick Steve’s Europe episode to watch before listening:

“In this episode, we chat about the 2012 Rick Steves’ Europe episode “Rome: Anceint Glory.” We’ll chat about how this episode is different than Rick’s typical style, whether ‘Italy at night’ qualifies as an emotion, and how much gelato is too much gelato. Plus, we have a long talk about Chris’s ‘Canadian laugh.’”

Episode #14 of Rick Steves Over Brunch - The Best of Slovenia

Here’s the Rick Steve’s Europe episode to watch before listening:

“In this episode, we chat about the 2010 Rick Steves’ Europe episode “The Best of Slovenia.” We’ll chat about Ljubljana’s charming architecture, discuss how many days are the right amount to spend in Lake Bled and Stephanie will dish about her Slovenian beer tartare horror story. Spoiler alert: Slovenia might be the most fairty-tale-esque county in Europe.”

Episode #13 of Rick Steves Over Brunch - Bulgaria

Here’s the Rick Steve’s Europe episode to watch before listening:

“In this episode, we chat about the 2016 Rick Steves’ Europe episode “Bulgaria.” We’ll debate whether Sofia or Plovdiv is the best city in the country, talk about what it’s like to visit Budludzha today, and swoon at Rick’s updated interpretation of Dad jeans. Plus, shopska salads!”

It was also a pleasure to have Allison from Eternal Arrival on for this episode!

Episode #12 of Rick Steves Over Brunch - Highlights of Paris, Eiffel and Monet to Crème Brûlée

Here’s the Rick Steve’s Europe episode to watch before listening:

“In this episode, we chat about the 2004 Rick Steves’ Europe episode “Highlights of Paris, Eiffel and Monet to Crème Brûlée.” We’ll talk about the number one mistake first-time tourists make in the city, the do's and don'ts of riding the metro without getting your pockets picked, and whether Rick should have worn that mustard yellow shirt. Plus, we'll theorize what happened to knock the most famous museum in Paris off of Rick's itinerary.”

Episode #11 of Rick Steves Over Brunch - Venice: City of Dreams

Here's the Rick Steve's Europe episode to watch before listening:

"In this episode, we chat about the 2012 Rick Steves' Europe episode "Venice: City of Dreams." We'll talk about bad Italian pronunciations, debate whether overtourism or climate change pose a bigger threat to Venice's future, and marvel at Rick's ability to stand up in a gondola. Plus, Rick's Italy sweater makes its first appearance on the podcast."

Episode #10 of Rick Steves Over Brunch - Romania

Here's the Rick Steve's Europe episode to watch before listening:

"In this episode, we chat about the 2016 Rick Steves' Europe episode "Romania." We'll talk about Romania beyond Dracula and castles, the difference between hornica and tuica, and how much polenta is too much polenta. Plus, we're still awestruck at how well Rick rides around in a horse-drawn cart.

Episode #9 of Rick Steves Over Brunch: Poland Rediscovered: Kraków, Auschwitz, and Warsaw

Here's the Rick Steve's Europe episode to watch before listening:

"In this episode, we chat about the 2004 Rick Steves' Europe episode "Poland Rediscovered: Krakow, Auschwitz, and Warsaw." We'll talk about Stephanie's love of Salt Mines, Chris's love of Polish vodka, and whether or not Krakow is the best surviving medieval city in Europe today. Plus we'll talk about the importance for travellers to come here to learn about the legacy of the Holocaust while acknowledging that this is an emotional and personal journey that takes time to process and contextualize. "

Episode #8 of Rick Steves Over Brunch: Bonus! Istanbul's Grand Bazaar on the History Fangirl Podcast

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"Chris got married! Congratulations!!! Weddings are hectic! Chris needed to take a week off to deal with all of the wonderful errands that weddings require during their lead-up. Therefore, instead of bringing you an episode of Rick Steves Over Brunch, here's a throwback to the time when Chris was a guest on Stephanie's other show, "The History Fangirl Podcast," where we talk all about Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. Think of it as a companion to the RSOB episode "Istanbul."

Episode #7 of Rick Steves Over Brunch: Istanbul

Here's the Rick Steve's Europe episode to watch before listening:

"In this episode, we chat about the 2008 Rick Steves' Europe episode "Istanbul."  We'll talk about how much Istanbul has changed in the past ten years, ponder if Turkish breakfast is the best meal on earth, and give Rick his due for nearly baring it all in the Turkish baths." 

Episode #6 of Rick Steves Over BrunchCopenhagen

Here's the Rick Steve's Europe episode to watch before listening:

"In this episode, we chat about the 2008 Rick Steves' Europe episode "Copenhagen."  We'll talk about how Rick throws shade on the Swedes, whether or not drinking Aqua vitae qualifies as an action shot, and why neither Stephanie nor Chris longs for Danish food."

Episode #5 of Rick Steves Over Brunch: Belfast and the Best of Northern Ireland

Here's the Rick Steve's Europe episode to watch before listening:

"In this episode, we chat about the 2004 Rick Steves' Europe episode "Belfast and the Best of Northern Ireland."  We'll talk about how amazing a full Irish breakfast is, discuss the changes Belfast has undergone in the fifteen years since this episode was shot, and marvel at Rick's solid jacket choices. 

Episode #4 of Rick Steves Over Brunch: Vienna

Here's the Rick Steve's Europe episode to watch before listening:

"In this episode, we chat about the 2006 Rick Steves' Europe episode "Vienna." We discuss the highs and lows of the Austrian food scene, how to rock the Vienna Christmas market scene, and get meta about the definition of museums. Plus we have some harsh things to say about the cold open on this one."

Episode #3 of Rick Steves Over Brunch: Athens and Side-Trips

Here's the Rick Steve's Europe episode to watch before listening:

"In this episode, we chat about the 2008 Rick Steves' Europe episode "Athens and Side-Trips." No one holds a gyro or rocks green-on-green quite like Rick Steves. We break down the episode's cold open, best stunts, and fabulous guests while throwing in our own take on Athens travel and discussing how travel in Greece has changed in the past ten years with new museums while keeping the food scene classic."

Episode #2 of Rick Steves Over Brunch: Barcelona and Catalunya

Here's the Rick Steve's Europe episode to watch before listening:

"In this episode, we chat about the classic Rick Steves's Europe episode "Barcelona and Catalunya." This episode highlights both the beauty of the region but also has some of Rick's best stunt work (he pops out of an egg FFS. What can't that man do?) Ricks Steves' Barcelona is one of the beautiful parks, delicious drinks, and so many toothpicks.

Episode #1 of Rick Steves Over Brunch: Start Here

"Travel writers Stephanie Craig and Christopher Mitchell introduce the podcast where they'll chat about episodes of the classic travel tv show, Rick Steves' Europe."

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